A record number of free downloads are being made from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) work-related cancer campaign, it has been announced.
Over 10,000 downloads were made through the campaign’s notimetolose website during March – the largest monthly total since the campaign begun two years ago.
Most of the recent downloads have been accounted for by new materials, launched in March and related to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
Campaign helps businesses
The No Time to Lose campaign is aimed at encouraging a better understanding of what causes occupational cancer and helping businesses take action to prevent it.
Around the world an estimated 666,000 lives a year are lost to work-related cancer. Among those downloading and sharing the new materials about RCS has been IOSH affiliate member Steve Chilvers.
He attached copies of the resources to workers’ payslips at Wrexham-based Dave Cottle Civil Engineering and also spoke about the issue with employees in person.
‘Precautions save lives’
Mr Chilvers said he had explained to workers that far from being an inconvenience, precautions, such as the dust masks they are asked to wear to prevent them being exposed to RCS, are designed to protect their health.
Silica is found in most rocks, as well as products such as brick and concrete. When those materials are cut or sanded down some of the dust created can be fine enough to reach deep inside the lungs.
Date Published: May 7, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown